Forest defenders from the Bob Brown Foundation have halted work again today in the old growth forests of Tasmania's Wentworth Hills.
“The Wentworth Hills area showcases one of the worst examples of logging practices in the world,” said Dr Lisa Searle, Native Forests Campaign Organiser. “Not only is Forestry Tasmania clearfelling old growth forests, but they are also refusing to accept the natural values of this unique wilderness and actively choosing to destroy threatened species habitat.”
Today, Rose, age 32, has attached herself to the gate blocking the road leading into the coupe.
“These roads are to keep the general public out so that they can’t see the devastation that's really going on behind them. People need to see this, to see what is happening here. I have chosen to get arrested today as these forests don’t have their own voice and they need our help,” said Rose.
“Large scale removal of Tasmania’s giant ancient trees is occurring for woodchips and for the controversial Borneo logging giants exporting our forests for their profits. The loss of critical carbon stores in this climate emergency, and wildlife-rich old forests in this age of extinction, needs to halt immediately,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said. “Intensive logging is reducing the extent and quality of old growth forest in these remote regions. In Wentworth Hills alone, almost 1000 hectares in 19 areas of scheduled logging coupes, are targeted for flattening and incineration by the taxpayer-funded Forestry Tasmania,” Jenny Weber said.